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“80% Chance of Thunder showers.”

Wild About Dolphins
Franklin, Tennessee
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“80% Chance of Thunder showers.”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I can't say enough about Captain Sheri, Maya and Wild about Dolphins. The morning started off with poor weather conditions with thunder storms around 6am. Sheri called around 9 am to let us know about the front moving in from Cuba, to see if we were flexible in date, in case the weather was bad for the 1 o'clock trip. We discussed the options and agreed to touched base at at noon. By that time the front changed direction but there was still an 80% chance for rain. We decided to risk the rain and go on with the trip as scheduled. The day turned out to be BEAUTIFUL. We started out of the harbour with an escort of 3 to 4 dolphins. Sensory overload was about to set in, I hear what sounds like thunder in the distance, I look up and see an F18 hornet chasing an F 5 tiger. The Navy was doing maneuvers off the coast what an awesome sight and sound. The next few minutes were like "look at the dolphins, look at the planes, look at the dolphins, look at the planes" We continue on toward what is called the "dolphins playground" and we see some dolphins in the distance. The next thing we know we are surrounded by about 15 to 20 dolphins. The #1 snorkeling site was too murky due to the weather so we headed to an alternate site. We stopped on a sand bar on the way out collected some shells and saw a sting ray and had some snacks. We headed out to snorkel and encountered several colorful varieties of fish and both hard and soft coral. The four hour trip was outstanding. We had a blast with Maya as we requested her to come along. Sheri offers the option if you do not like animals or are afraid of dogs or just hesitant opt out otherwise Maya is wonderful. I see the comments of she jumped around etc. Remember She is a dog and is just as excited as we are to encounter wild life. With an 80% chance of rain we hit the jack pot. We saw iguana, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, assorted colorful fish, tarpon and a couple of manatees. Outstanding trip. This was our second time and will do this trip again on our next trip to Key West. It MADE our trip. (Both times) This is a great video. Google http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CAwQkTsldls

Visited September 2013
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wildfin, Owner at Wild About Dolphins, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Captain Sheri's WILD about DOLPHIN's & dolphin dog "Maya" deeply appreciate your most awesome trip review. We love our repeat guest's... and your wonderful review. The photos you sent were amazing - thank for sharing. I am so happy the weather , sea conditions and dolphin's were great. Thank you for hanging in considering the "forecast" - just goes to show you just can never know for sure. Congratulations on your engagement & wedding plans in Key West next Spring. Looking forward to your next visit & meeting your family & friends. Dolphin dog "Maya" says woof.

Warm Regards,
Captain Sheri & dolphin dog "Maya"
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Fairhope, Alabama
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112 reviews
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“A great day out on the water”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were so lucky to only have a party of four on our outing with Captain Sheri and Maya. Sheri was so sweat and took special measures to help us realize this trip outing. The weather was perfect and we saw several dolphins both coming and going from the snorkel sight. I really appreciated how Sheri and the other tour operators worked together to adivse each other of where the sightings were and how courteous they were to give each other space before taking advantage of the sightings. We saw an amazing sea turtle on our way back and it was really cool because a dolphin gave chase to him and the turtle really moved fast. Sheri is very knowledgable about dolphins and shares a lot of interesting information during the trip.

There are so many positives to this tour and i do recommend it. I also want to offer some additional insight to those considering this tour. There is no head on the boat. If you are expecting a hearty lunch, the fare is very light, vegetarian, and generic. It hit the spot for me though my husband didn't see anything that appealed to him. It was pita pockets, humus, head lettuce, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese, along with orange slices, chips, and cookies. Nothing negative, just something good to know so you can eat a good breakfast beforehand or plan for an early dinner.

Maya is a real sweetheart of a girl and it was fun to have her along. We are dog lovers so the concept seemed fun and we did request that she come along. One of the other people on the tour was a little nervous about dogs though willing early on to give it a try. If you aren't extremely comfortable with dogs jumping on you, pawing you, and requiring 100% of your attention then ask to go without her. She isn't trained not to jump or claw at people, she's the boss, a cute one, but nevertheless, the boss. Sheri does have straps around the boat that she uses to tie her off with though didn't unless we said she was getting to be too much. Maya was so cute when she threw her toy off the boat then retrieved it. It is amazing how she climbs back up the ladder on her own.

Thank you Sheri and Maya!

Visited September 2013
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wildfin, Owner at Wild About Dolphins, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Captain Sheri’s WILD about DOLPHIN’s appreciates your patronage and trip review. We were so fortunate to have awesome weather/sea conditions, multiple dolphin encounters and great snorkeling conditions. As the Florida Keys Wild Dolphin Alliance Founder/Director founded over 12 years it is wonderful to see our guests recognize the dedication of our local operators to conducting environmentally sensitive, educational tours.
WILD about DOLPHIN’s offers an all -inclusive tour experience providing premier snorkel gear, towels, sunscreen, binoculars, educational cards, a variety of beverages, light lunch , complimentary guest pass to the Key West Harbor Marina awesome amenities and more.
WILD about DOLPHIN’s is one of the few operators that provides a light lunch and the provisions are clearly highlighted in our web sites and detailed trip information we provide to our guest’s.
WILD about DOLPHIN’s is happy that you enjoyed the company of dolphin dog “Maya”. We always ask our guests during booking a tour if they are ok with the dog being a part of the tour. In the event our guest’s wish to have dolphin dog “Maya” participate we always give our guest’s the option of having “Maya” off leash or having her leashed next to me.
Although you did not mention it , WILD about DOLPHIN’s was happy to go out of our way to provide you with a complimentary pick up and drop off service for your tour.
Once again we extend our appreciation for your patronage. We do appreciate your feedback. WILD about DOLPHIN’s does our very best to provide our guest’s with an awesome 5 star experience. We will certainly take your comments to heart for future guests.
Regards,
Captain Sheri
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Richland, Washington
1 review
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“An amazing experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

For our trip we were a party of six, had the entire boat to ourselves, and Captain Sheri brought Maya along. The trip from start to finish was as wonderful as you could ever expect it to be.

We were whisked off to the most likely areas to see Dolphins, and while en route Captain Sheri was also pointing out other interesting facts and creatures.

And we saw Dolphins, a lot of Dolphins in fact. We saw them being playful, and we saw many that were, shall we say, (uh-um) "playing" ;-)

Captain Sheri got us close enough to get some really amazing photographs. While we were drifting the Dolphins were swimming along the boat, under, and in front of us. It was as though we had a private show.

Then we went snorkeling, what a great experience that was, as well. The snorkeling gear was excellent and she explained how to use it for the novices in our group. We saw nurse sharks (no threat for humans), rays, and very interesting fish. All I can say is that the entire trip was outstanding.

For those reading this you really should give Sheri a call. She provided such a wonderful experience for all of us, personalized, educational, and exciting - I enthusiastically recommend Wild about Dolphins.

Visited September 2013
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wildfin, Owner at Wild About Dolphins, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Captain Sheri's WILD about DOLPHIN's deeply appreciates your awesome trip review. Dolphin dog "Maya" & I had a wonderful trip with your family of 6. We love our international/family guest's. It really means the world to me to get such wonderful feedback. I love what I do and love sharing the wonder of the dolphins and the magic of the of the underwater world with my guest's. WILD about DOLPHIN's thanks you for choosing our company and looks forward to your next visit. - Captain Sheri & dolphin dog "Maya"
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Crewe, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“AWESOME. Best day of the holiday and then some...”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

A fantastic experience from start to finish. Capt George the perfect host, the snorkelling fantastic, but the absolute standout highlight - the beautiful dolphins.

Visited August 2013
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wildfin, Owner at Wild About Dolphins, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Captain Sheri's WILD about DOLPHIN's thanks you for your patronage and wonderful trip review. Captain George is awesome. Captain George & Captain Sheri thank you for choosing our company for your Key West wild dolphin/snorklel/back country excursion.
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Homewood, AL
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had a wonderful time on our dolphin adventure. Captain George was great and made sure we were comfortable at all times. The boat was nice and was stocked with snacks and beverages. They even had fresh towels for us to use after snorkeling. We had some amazing sightings of dolphins! Got to see them multiple times throughout our charter. Also got to see a sea turtle, stingrays, and a nurse shark. One of the perks of being a guest on Amazing Grace is that you can use the Key West Yacht Club facilities where the boat is docked/stored. The Yacht Club has a restaurant, a pool, and a small private beach with an amazing view! We took the morning charter with Captain George then had lunch at the Club, and relaxed on the private beach the rest of the day!

Visited August 2013
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wildfin, Owner at Wild About Dolphins, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
WILD about DOLPHIN's extends our gratitude and warm appreciation for your wonderful review of your trip experience. Thank you for your comments regarding WILD about DOLPHIN's Captain George's knowledge, expertise and more... we are so fortunate to have Captain George working with WILD about DOLPHIN's. We also appreciate your comments highlighting that our personalized tours are all-inclusive. We also appreciate your comments regarding the special group complimentary guest pass for use of the Key West Harbor Marina Yacht Club - beach, pool, showers, restaurant and more... We hope to see you again. Warm Regards, Captain Sheri
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